the founding of the first Albanian NGO-s in the year 1990, the civil
society has played an ever more significant role in the development
of the country. Especially in the last years, it became an important
promoter of the social, economic and political life in the country
by encouraging national consensus and partnership in the reformation
processes, by launching initiatives to accomplish development tasks
and by strengthening public service delivery.
However, experience of the civil sector
in Albania remains limited and flawed. Civil society in Albania
operates in a week legal and institutional environment. As is characteristic
of societies in similar conditions, the Albanian society relies
on family or clannish organizations to make up for the weakness
of its institutions.
OSFA has identified a number of weaknesses
in the present day civil society in Albania: weak culture of volunteerism;
weak dialogue at national and local level; insufficient transparency
in public service delivery; inadequate status of minorities and
marginalized groups of the society.
In view of these weaknesses, OSFA has
committed itself to funding projects that aim to offer services,
monitor government policies and programs, bring pressure to bear
on the government to develop/adapt policies and make them beneficial
to the country’s interests; engage into advocacy and lobbying
to improve the environment for the development and activities of
Priority will go to organizations:
1. that OSFA helped create;
2. engage in monitoring and watchdog activities and/or conduct advocacy
3. have a strong base in the communities and are capable of facilitating
the two way dialogue between central and local levels of government.
To implement the small grants program,
OSFA will use the instrument of “Call for proposals”
in accordance with its usual grant making policy. Applications will
be submitted to review and selection by boards of experts. The ceiling
amount per proposal is 7500 USD.